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					 1 Zulhijjah 1432H / 28 October 2011


THE VIRTUES OF
  ZULHIJJAH
             KHATIB / IMAM
    Ustaz Muhammad Ismail bin Mahmud
                 Imam
            ISLAMIC CENTER
              UTM SKUDAI
• I call upon myself and all of you, may Allah
  bless you, let us be taqwa to Allah with the
  true taqwa by doing all of His commands and
  leaving His prohibitions. Hopefully we will
  attain happiness in this life and the hereafter.
  The title for today’s khutbah is “The Virtues of
  Zulhijjah.”
• My brothers in Islam,

• We are now in the month of Zulhijjah, the
  month of Hajj. This is the month which Allah
  s.w.t has bestowed upon it the days of Arafah,
  Eid Adha, and the Days of Tasyrik which are
  the 3 days following Eid.
• This is a special month, a month which we are
  encouraged to double our efforts in
  performing our ibadah, our acts of worship,
  our good deeds.
• If we have missed the opportunity to increase
  our ibadah during the last Ramadan, or if we
  have missed the opportunity to fast the six
  days of Syawal, then let it be known, that right
  now, spread in front of us, is a golden
  opportunity.

• An opportunity to be closer to Allah. An
  opportunity to increase our ibadah.
• This golden opportunity, my brothers, is the
  first ten days of Zulhijjah.
• We are in the first day. We have nine days
  ahead of us. So grab this opportunity it leaves
  us.
• Let us do more zikr. Let is do more solat and
  sawm. Let us recite Al-Quran more.
• Allah says in surah Al-Fajr:




     Which means:

     And by the ten days.
• According to most scholars, the ten days
  mentioned in that ayat refer to the first ten
  days of Zulhijjah.

• Allah s.w.t mentioned it and swear by it in that
  ayat because of its virtues.
• This is strengthen by the hadith:




(The hadith was narrated by Bukhari and others)
• Which means:

  There is no other days in which ibadah is
 more loved by Allah then these ten days (that
 is, of the month of Zulhijjah). The companions
 asked him: O Rasulullah! Even better than
 jihad in the cause of Allah? The Prophet s.a.w
 replied: Yes, it is even better than jihad in the
 cause of Allah, except if one goes out for jihad
 with his life and his wealth, and he do not
 return with both.
• So, my brothers in Islam, let us increase our
  ibadah in these virtuous days. In another
  hadith narrated by At-Tirmizi, Rasulullah s.a.w
  said:
• Which means:

 There are no days in which ibadah is more
 loved by Allah than the first ten days of
 Zulhijjah. Fasting for a day in it is the same as
 fasting for a year. And to do ibadah during its
 nights, is the same as if doing in the night of
 power, that is Lailatul Qadr.
• This hadith, my brothers, even though it is a
  weak hadith, it still shows the virtue of these
  ten days of Zulhijjah.
• Maybe fasting in it is not the same as fasting
  for the whole year. Maybe getting up for
  ibadah in its nights is not the same as getting
  up for Lailatul Qadr.
• But, one thing for sure, the ibadah in these
  days and nights is better than in other days
  and nights.
• So let us not waste this golden opportunity,
  which comes but once in a year.

• An opportunity that is better than any offer on
  Earth. If we look around, sometimes we would
  see a petrol station offering a 15% discount.

• We would then see cars snaking out of that
  petrol station. Everyone is trying to grab that
  offer of just 15% discount.
• These 10 days of Zulhijjah offer a much better
  offer. An offer that has its rewards waiting for
  us in the Hereafter, the day when nothing will
  be of value except those who had prepared
  for it.
• A day which Allah describes in Al-Quran:




  Which means:

  The day when wealth and children will be of no use,
  except those who come with clean hearts.
My brothers in Islam,

• To achieve the advantages of this month,
  Muslims are recommended to do deeds such
  as:

• First: Performing Haj and Umrah, which is the
  best practice.
• Second: Fasting during the day or according to
  their ability, especially on the day of Arafah
  that is on the 9th Muharram. Rasulullah s.a.w
  said in a hadith:




  This means:
  "Fasting on the day of Arafat is I count Allah
  SWT will forgive one year and the next year."
  (Narrated by Muslim)
• Third: To increase takbeer and zikr.
  Imam al-Bukhari RA narrated that Ibn 'Umar
  and Abu Hurairah RA used to go out to the
  market to say takbeer followed by the public
  with the pronouncement “Allahu Akbar,
  Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illa Allah, wa Allahu
  Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa LillahI Hamdu”.
• Fourth: Repent and leave all the evil and sin,
  so that good deeds can achieve forgiveness
  and mercy of Allah. This is because sin is the
  cause for a servant to be far away from Allah's
  mercy and obedience are the sources to be
  close to Him and the love of Allah SWT.
• Fifth: To increase good deeds, especially
  additional voluntary practices such as
  voluntary prayers, charity, jihad, reading the
  Quran, calling to goodness, prevent evil and
  the like because everything will be doubled in
  these days.
• Sixth: We are required to say takbeer on some
  of the glorious days during the day or night,
  especially after performing the five obligatory
  daily prayers in congregation. For those who
  do not perform the pilgrimage, voluntary
  takbeer starts from dawn of Eidul Adha and
  ends till Asar on the 13th of Zulhijjah.
• Seventh: It is highly encouraged to practice
  the slaughtering of sacrificial animals on Eidul
  Adha and days of Tasyriq (11, 12 and 13
  Zulhijjah). It is the Sunnah of the Prophet of
  Allah Ibrahim (AS) that after afflicting him with
  the command to slaughter his son Ismail (AS),
  Ibrahim was redeemed by being replacing
  Ismail with an animal for slaughter.
                ‫بسم هللا الرحمن الرحيم‬




• By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, except for
  those who have believed and done righteous
  deeds and advised each other to truth and
  advised each other to patience.
                                                                  ‫َ َُْ ِ ْ‬
   ‫َبارك هللاُ لِىْ ولكم بالقُرْ ءان اَ ْلعظ ْيم و َنفعنيْ وإِيَّاكم ِبما فِ ْيه من‬
     ‫ِ َ ِ ْ َ ََِ َ ُْ َ ِ ِ َ‬                                                     ‫َ َ‬
‫ِ َ ِّ ْ ِ َ ِ ِ َ َ َّ َ ِ ِّ َ ِ ُ ْ ِ َ ُ ُ َ َّ ِ ُ‬
‫ْاآلياَت والذكر اَ ْلحكيْم و َتقبل منيْ وم ْنكم تالو َته إ َِّنه هُو اَلسم ْيع‬
   ‫اَ ْلعلِ ْيم. أ ُ ْوص ْيكم ع َبادَ هللا وإِيَّاي ب َتقوى هللا فقد فاز اَ ْلمتقُ ْون,‬
       ‫َ َ ْ َ َ ُ َّ َ‬                    ‫َ َ ِ َْ‬                ‫ِ ُْ ِ‬      ‫َ ُ‬
   ‫وأَحُثكم و َنفسىْ على طاعة هللا ورسُولِه فِىْ كل وقت لعلَّكم‬
    ‫ُ ِّ َ ْ ٍ َ َ ُ ْ‬            ‫َ ُّ ُ ْ َ ْ ِ َ َ َ َ ِ ِ َ َ ْ ِ‬
        ‫تفلِحُون , أَسْ َتغفِر هللا العظ ْيم ِليْ ولكم ولِسائر اَ ْلمُسْ لِميْن‬
        ‫ِ َ‬              ‫َ َُْ َ َ ِِ‬             ‫ْ ُ َ َْ ِ َ‬              ‫ُْ ْ َ‬
         ‫ِ َ ْ ْ ِِ َ َ ْ ْ ِ ِ َ ْ ْ َ َ َ‬
        ‫والمُسْ لِمات والمُؤمنيْن والمُؤمنات, فاسْ َتغفِرُوهُ فيا َ ف ْوز‬       ‫َ ْ‬
                            ‫اَ ْلمُسْ َتغفريْن و َيا َنجاة اَل َّتآئبيْن.‬
                             ‫َ َ ِِ َ‬                ‫ِِْ َ َ‬
O servant of Allah, remember that this
world is a place for temporary lodging.
 Truly, hereafter is the everlasting and
 permanent abode. So let us devote to
   Allah for obtaining happiness and
    escape from the punishment of
                 hellfire.
• Allah says in Surah Al Ahzab verse 56:
• Which means:
   “Indeed Allah confers blessing
  upon the prophet and His angels
   (ask Him to do so). O! You who
  have believed, ask Allah to confer
   blessing upon him and ask Allah
         to grant him peace.”
• Let us pray that Allah SWT accept
  the khalifah of Rasulullah s.a.w
  Sayyidina Abu Bakr al-Siddiq r.a.,
  Sayyidina Umar al-Khattab r.a.,
  Sayyinda Uthman ibn Affan r.a.,
  Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Thalib r.a.
• And to his companions who struggle to uphold
  the religion of Allah, also to his uncles
  Sayyidina Hamzah and Sayyidina Abbas r.a.
  and to his granchildren Sayyidina Hassan and
  Sayyidina Hussain r.a., his daughters
  sayyidatina Fatimah al-Zahraa’, his wives
  Sayyidatina Khadijah and Sayyidatina Aisyah
  r.a. and the other wives.
• Followed by his family, companions, followers
  of the companions and those who come after
  them from time to time until the end of the
  world.
• O Allah, forgive the Muslims and the
  believers, whether surviving or deceased.
• O Allah, grant us guidance, strength,
  prosperity and help the leaders of the
  Muslim countries especially your servant
  Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan
  Iskandar, the Sultan and ruler for the
  State of Johor Darul Takzim.
• To Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti
  Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah,
  Tengku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim,
  Tengku Mahkota Johor; and the
  Prince and Princess, the royal
  kinship, and all Muslims.

				
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